About Us

Message from the CEO


Welcome to the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised areas of customs, excise and border management.

The quality and range of our products and services is unsurpassed, and our global reach is rapidly increasing. CCES has access to consultants and is the trainer of choice for many international organisations.

– David Widdowson

About CCES

CCES is the international centre of excellence for innovative training, education, professional development, technical assistance and capacity building in relation to customs, excise, revenue management, border management and related areas.

CCES is the first of its kind in the world. Our international leadership role has been acknowledged by the World Customs Organization (WCO) with whom we have a formal Memorandum of Understanding, and who recently presented us with a Certificate of Recognition for our continuing support of customs development and our establishment of the International Network of Customs Universities of which our CEO, Professor David Widdowson, is president.

Our client base includes customs, other government agencies, international organisations and private companies in over 180 countries. A key strength is our global network of experts, which is rapidly expanding to keep pace with unprecedented levels of business growth.

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In 2013 CCES announced a new partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU). The partnership provides our students with further opportunities to formalise their skills in Customs Administration, Border Management and related fields.

CSU is the largest regionally based university in Australia, enrolling over 44,000 students both around the world and in Australia. It is a leader in quality online learning. Being the largest and one of the most experienced providers of courses delivered by innovative online education, Charles Sturt University is a perfect fit for CCES programs, providing opportunities for students to go to university regardless of where they live, or their work and other commitments.

Our partnership with CSU is in addition to existing valued partnerships with educational institutions including the Community College of Qatar, the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), and Shanghai Customs College.

CCES delivers the following unique degrees in partnership with CSU:

All courses are available to commence in session one and session two each year.